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Today after shaking off the cobwebs of a great office Christmas party, we had some of our fellow foreign teachers over for a traditional Christmas movies and some movies.

When contimplating what exactly the traditional Christmas meal would be comprised of we had to take into account the main logistical concern: we do not own an oven to cook a turkey, and our toaster oven is great for bagels or baking 6 cookies at a time but unfortunately anything more that that would be a problem.

Given these constraints we decided on the holiday favourite - Mexican food! The possibilities are truly endless when you have an ample supply of beef, re-fried beans, veggies, salsa, tortillas, nachos, sour cream and cheese and we pushed the limits making nacho platters, burritos, chimichangas, questadillas, fajitas you name it!

After dinner, to work off our meals 4 of us headed over to Central Park to the Bball courts to take on some Koreans in a little pick up hoops. I can definitely say that I have never done something like that. So we are indeed making some new Christmas memories.

These past few days, two well known Christmas favourites have been on our minds. In our speech classes we have introduced our kids to "The night before Christmas" and "How the Grinch stole Christmas." It is really fun reading those stories with people who are hearing them for the first time. It is definitely a great way to memorize them too (after hearing them for the fifth time in the same day).

So as we settle in for a long winter's nap we leave you with a not so familiar new aged Carol - "I believe in Father Christmas."

They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin birth.

I remember one Christmas morning
A winter's light and the distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell Eyes full a tinsel and fire.

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a silent night
They told me a fairy story
Till I believed in the Israelite.

And I believed in Father Christmas
I looked to the sky with excited eyes
Then I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him through his disguise.

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain, and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.

They said there'd be snow at Christmas
They said there'd be peace on earth.
Hallelujah, Noel, Be it heaven or hell,
The Christmas we get we deserve.

I Believe in Father Christmas
Emerson, Lake and Palmer